A Swerve from Freedom: An Analysis of Epicurean παρ’ ήμας and its Impact on Free Will
Type of Thesis
An analysis of the impacts of the Greek tradition and Atomist Theories on the development of Epicurean Philosophy seems to contradict the modern view that Epicurus was the first Moral Libertarian. The introduction of the atomic swerve was meant to develop a freedom of an individual's constitution, subject to environment stimuli. However, at the moment of deliberation, an individual is necessitated to act in accordance to their constitution, and thus, a notion of free will can be further questioned.
Duran, Joel A., "A Swerve from Freedom: An Analysis of Epicurean παρ’ ήμας and its Impact on Free Will" (2019). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1801.